Traveling to and in Ithaca

Getting to Ithaca
There are several great options for traveling to Ithaca.

  • By air
    • Please note: The Ithaca airport (ITH) will be closed for runway resurfacing during the period of the conference (see Travelers who have already booked to ITH should note that the relevant airline is responsible for reissuing their ticket(s) at no additional charge.
    • The best option during the period of the conference is to fly to Syracuse (SYR). To reach Ithaca from the Syracuse airport, you can take the Ithaca Airline Limousine, which has agreed to offer a special $100 round-trip fare for our conference attendees. When booking, please mention LabPhon15 and the special rate, as this discount is not advertised on their site.
    • Both Elmira (ELM) and Binghamton (BGM) are also within an hour's drive, though there are not regularly scheduled ground transportation options for reaching Ithaca.
    • Together these airports provide connections for international and domestic flights through international airports in New York City (JFK, ERW), Washington Dulles, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, and Atlanta.
  • By bus
    • There are several companies offering regular bus service between Ithaca and New York City.
    • An express bus, Campus-to-Campus, runs several times a day between New York City and Cornell’s Ithaca campus (approx. $90 each way).
    • Both ShortLine and Greyhound also have several buses a day (approx. $50 each way).
    • A new express bus service, Big Red Bullet, now connects Ithaca to New York City (one-way from $55).
  • By car
  • By rail
    • The nearest Amtrak station to Ithaca is in Syracuse (approx. 60 miles). From there it's necessary to take a bus, shuttle, or taxi to Ithaca.

Getting around Ithaca

  • Hotel Ithaca shuttle
    • A daily shuttle for conference participants will run between the Hotel Ithaca and the conference venue.
    • The shuttle will only run from the hotel to the conference in the morning, and back to the hotel in the evening.
  • On foot
    • Ithaca is a very walkable city, but a steep hill (500 feet in elevation change) separates the downtown from Cornell's campus.
    • In good weather, the Cascadilla Gorge Path offers scenic views and waterfalls en route to campus.
    • The walk from downtown to campus takes from 20 - 30 minutes, depending on your starting point and pace.
  • By bus
    • Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) buses serve Ithaca, the Cornell campus, and the surrounding area.
    • Tickets may be purchased on the bus (exact change required); one-way fare is $1.50 within greater Ithaca.
    • Route 10, as well as Routes 30, 31 and 32, frequently connect Cornell's campus to downtown.
    • Route 67 stops at Buttermilk Falls State Park, with hiking, swimming and picnicking.
    • Route 22 runs to Ithaca's Cass Park and spectacular Taughannock Falls.
    • Summer bus schedules may vary.
  • By taxi
    Taxis in Ithaca can be ordered by phone from several cab companies; however, they often involve a wait for pickup.